More Talk Radio on 12/10/12

More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A look at human rights across the world on Human Rights Day
The International The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod honor the International The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties. 

Today is Human Rights Day, an annual celebration of human rights and a day of advocating for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

In 2012 the focus is the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.



Slavery and the Founders

@ Randy: Thanks for your response and citations about the the slavery debate during the formation of the American republic. I think we can all acknowledge that the status of enslaved peoples was debated  before and during the formation of the United States. The compromise that the framers of the US Constitution came up with was an attempt to maintain the union of the northern and southern states.  While one can acknowledge the disagreements among the framers, and the desire of some to end this inhumane practice,  one can not ignore the fact that the adopted constitution maintained slavery, asserted that Africans did not enjoy the same human rights as white people,  and permitted the slave trade to continue for twenty years. As a descendant of captured enslaved Africans I have little sympathy for those who failed to resist this hideous institution. The practices of the Founding Fathers speak louder than the words they may have written or doubts they may have had about slavery.  Few of these gentlemen who owned slaves freed them. If leaders such as Washington and Jefferson would have been willing to suffer the economic consequences by freeing their bonded servants, I might have more sympathy and respect for them.

I have been a Christian pastor for almost 20 years and a professed member of a religious order for over seven years. I do not refrain from acknowledging all life comes from God. However, whether people acknowledge that "human rights" come from God or humanity is less important to me than how their beliefs impact their actions.  In a diverse world, separated by religion, culture, social and political philosophies, it is difficult to reach consensus on origins.  However different our religious and  politcal views on origins may be, we may find common ground regarding our hopes and aspirations.   Atheists, Buddhists, Socialists, and Christians  disagree on where human rights originate, but  find agreement affirming that human rights are universal. It might be more useful to find those common ground, than to engage in endless existential discussions. Can we agree that all humans are entitled to certain basic rights and work to ensure them?  One thing I find attracted about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that  people of various religious faiths (and no faith) were able to reach agreements about what rights every man, woman, and child should have.  As one religious leader (who I bowed down to in prayer and adoration) stated," by their fruits you shall know them."

I appreciate you taking the time to comment, and willingness to share your thoughts on the air. I look  forward to continuing our discussions.


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